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July 3, 2012, 9:25 AM

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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99  —  We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8.  Starting at general availability, if your PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets.
Jeremy Kessel / Twitter Blog:
Twitter Transparency Report  —  Wednesday marks Independence Day here in the United States.  Beyond the fireworks and barbecue, July 4th serves as an important reminder of the need to hold governments accountable, especially on behalf of those who may not have a chance to do so themselves.
Carly Page / Inquirer:
Google's Nexus 7 tablet infringes Nokia patents  —  THE GOOGLE NEXUS 7 is already in hot water, as Nokia claims that the tablet infringes some of its patents.  —  Announced last week, the Asus built Nexus 7 is Google's first own-brand tablet and boasts Android 4.1 Jelly Bean …
Erin Geiger Smith / Reuters:
Judge rejects Samsung's request to allow U.S. tablet sales  —  (Reuters) - A U.S. judge rejected on Monday Samsung Electronics Co. request to lift an injunction against U.S. sales of its Galaxy Tab 10.1, a tablet computer than runs on Google Inc's Android and competes with Apple Inc.'s iPad.
Reuters:
Google sees advantage in making new gadget in USA  —  (Reuters) - When Google Inc decided to build its Nexus Q home entertainment device in Silicon Valley rather than in China, it was not fretting about the bottom line.  It was fretting about speed.  —  “We wanted to innovate fast.
More: Betabeat
Wall Street Journal:
GM Talks to Facebook About Returning as a Paid Advertiser  —  After a High-Profile Split, Facebook Is Trying to Prove That Its Ads Do Work  —  General Motors Co. and Facebook Inc. are in talks to bring the auto maker back as a paid advertiser, two months after a high-profile falling out, people close to both companies said.
Mark Milian / Business Week:
QR Code Fatigue  —  When 29-year-old manufacturing worker Michael Hellesen sees a Quick Response code around his hometown of Racine, Wis., he sometimes scans it using an application he downloaded to his Google (GOOG) Android smartphone.  More often than not, it takes Hellesen to a brand's website.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The iPhone and Disruption: Five Years In  —  Clayton Christensen, author of the deservedly much-praised The Innovator's Dilemma, was wrong about the iPhone five years ago: … Last month, Larissa MacFarquhar profiled Christensen in The New Yorker (subscribers-only, alas), and in a parenthetical …
More: Fortune
Jordan Golson / MacRumors:
iCloud Beta Previews Web Versions of Notes and Reminders  —  Leaks first appeared in May that Apple was planning to add web versions of the Reminders and Notes iOS apps to iCloud.com for access from desktop Macs and PCs.  —  The iCloud Beta portal has since been activated for developers enrolled the iOS 6 beta at beta.icloud.com.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Ice Cream Sandwich passes 10% of Android installations, as Jelly Bean launch draws closer  —  The latest distribution data from Android's developer team reveals that the installation rate of its latest Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) flavour has passed 10 percent of active devices on the market for the first time.
Paul Mozur / Wall Street Journal:
Watching How China Censors  —  As Officials Crack Down on Web Chatter, New Technology Finds Out Why  —  China's government isn't the only one paying close attention to what the country's citizens are saying on social media sites.  —  As China's 500 million Internet users rapidly adopt social media …
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Adobe: Web standards match 80 percent of Flash features  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Adobe Systems, retooling as fast as it can for a future of Web publishing and Web apps, sees the technology as mostly caught up to the Flash technology that Adobe previously preferred.
Oliver Smith / Telegraph:
Hotel offers guests electronic Bibles  —  A hotel in Newcastle has replaced its copies of the traditional Gideon's Bible in favour of an electronic version of the text.  —  Gideons International is dedicated to distributing free copies of the Bible, often in hotel rooms
Ed Bott / ZDNet:
To fight piracy, Microsoft tightens MSDN and TechNet terms again  —  Summary: Microsoft is about to crack down on software pirates who exploit its generous MSDN and TechNet programs.  If you're a current subscriber, you may get caught in the crossfire.  —  Ed Bott  —  Follow @edbott
Nick Bilton / Bits:
For Twitter-Owned Apps and Sites, a Cacophony of Confusion  —  At top, the Twitter Web site, which includes the company's premium Discover tab.  At bottom, the Twitter Web site as viewed on the Apple iPad, which highlights direct messages instead.  —  Did Twitter just cut off its entire face to spite its nose?
Zack Whittaker / CNET:
U.K. Home Secretary won't block O'Dwyer extradition  —  The U.K. Home Office has said the Home Secretary, who is able to block extraditions, will not intervene in the Richard O'Dwyer case.  —  Follow @zackwhittaker  —  The U.K. Home Office has confirmed that Home Secretary Theresa …
Agence France Presse:
Kodak patent auction approved over Apple complaint  —  NEW YORK — Beleaguered photography pioneer Kodak said a US bankruptcy court has approved its bid to auction off more than 1,100 patents despite objections by Apple and FlashPoint over a small number of them.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Nielsen Acquires Vizu To Measure Online Ad Effectiveness  —  Nielsen announced today that it's acquiring ad tech company Vizu.  —  This isn't the kind of deal where you have to wait months for something to happen.  Executive Vice President for Ad Effectiveness Scott McKinley says it's a …
More: Worldwide, Adweek and ClickZ
Paul Alan Levy / Consumer Law & Policy Blog:
Charles Carreon Digs Himself Even Deeper—and Register.com Betrays a Customer  —  Recently, Public Citizen was aligned with a lawyer named Charles Carreon, filing an amicus brief in support of his argument against allowing a publisher to pursue a a copyright-infringement lawsuit …
Joel Hruska / ExtremeTech:
Cisco's cloud vision: Mandatory, monetized, and killed at their discretion  —  Last week, a number of Cisco customers began reporting problems with three specific Linksys-branded routers.  When owners of the E2700, E3500, or E4500 attempted to log in to their devices, they were asked …
More: Engadget and TechEye

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